Eredivisie

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Eredivisie
Eredivisie nieuw logo 2017-.svg
Organising body KNVB
Founded1956;65 years ago (1956)
Country Netherlands
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams18
Level on pyramid1
Relegation to Eerste Divisie
Domestic cup(s)
International cup(s)
Current champions Ajax (35th title)
(2020–21)
Most championships Ajax (35 titles)
Most appearances Pim Doesburg (687)
Top goalscorer Willy van der Kuijlen (311)
TV partners List of broadcasters
Website Eredivisie.nl
Current: 2021–22 Eredivisie

The Eredivisie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈeːrədivizi] ; "Honour Division" or "Premier Division") is the highest level of professional football in the Netherlands. The league was founded in 1956, two years after the start of professional football in the Netherlands. It is considered one of the best European leagues and widely regarded as one of the better leagues in the world. As of the 2020–21 season, it is ranked the 7th best league in Europe by UEFA. [1]

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The Eredivisie consists of 18 clubs. Each club meets every other club twice during the season, once at home and once away. At the end of each season, the two clubs at the bottom are automatically relegated to the second level of the Dutch league system, the Eerste Divisie (First Division), while the champion and runner-up of the Eerste Divisie are automatically promoted to the Eredivisie. The club finishing third from the bottom of the bottom of the Eredivisie goes to separate promotion/relegation play-offs with eight high-placed clubs from the Eerste Divisie.

The winner of the Eredivisie claims the Dutch national championship. Ajax has won the most titles, with 35 national titles. PSV Eindhoven are next with 24, and Feyenoord follow with 15. Since 1965, these three clubs have won all but three Eredivisie titles (the 1981 and 2009 titles went to AZ and FC Twente won the 2010 title). Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord are known as the "Big Three" or "Traditional Top Three" of Dutch football. They are the only clubs in their current forms to have never been relegated out of the Eredivisie since its formation. A fourth club, FC Utrecht, is the product of a 1970 merger between three of that city's clubs, one of which, VV DOS, had also never been relegated out of the Eredivisie.

From 1990 to 1999, the official name of the league was PTT Telecompetitie (after the sponsor, PTT Telecom), which was changed to KPN Telecompetitie (because PTT Telecom changed its name to KPN Telecom in 1999) and to KPN Eredivisie in 2000. From 2002 to 2005, the league was called the Holland Casino Eredivisie. Since the 2005–06 season, the league has been sponsored by the Sponsorloterij (lottery), but for legal reasons its name could not be attached to the league (the Dutch government was against the name, because the Eredivisie would, after Holland Casino's sponsorship, yet again be sponsored by a company providing games of chance). On 8 August 2012 it was made public that tycoon Rupert Murdoch had secured the rights to the Eredivisie for 12 years at the expense of 1 billion euros, beginning in the 2013–14 season. [2] Within this deal the five largest Eredivisie clubs should receive 5 million euros per year for the duration of the contract. [3] In 2020, the Eredivisie was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

History

From the foundation of the Dutch national football championship in 1898 until 1954, the title was decided through play-offs by a handful of clubs who had previously won their regional league. [4] The competition was purely an amateur one; the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) rejected any form of payment and suspended players who were caught receiving salary or transfer fees. [5] The call for professional football grew in the early fifties after many national team members left to play abroad in search for financial benefits. [6] The KNVB would usually suspend these players, preventing them from appearing for the Dutch national team. After the North Sea flood of 1953, the Dutch players abroad (mainly playing in the French league) organised a charity match against the French national team in Paris. The match was boycotted by the KNVB, but after the assembled Dutch players defeated the French (2–1), the Dutch public witnessed the heights that could be achieved through professional football. [7] To serve the growing interest, a dissident professional football association (the NBVB) and league were founded for the 1954–55 season. [8] On 3 July 1954, the KNVB met with a group of concerned amateur club chairmen, who feared the best players would join the professional teams. The meeting, dubbed the slaapkamerconferentie ('bedroom conference'), led to the Association reluctantly accepting semi-professionalism. [5]

Meanwhile, both the KNVB and the NBVB started their separate competition. The first professional football match was contested between Alkmaar and Venlo. [5] The leagues went on for eleven rounds, before a merger was negotiated between the two federations in November. Both leagues were cancelled and a new, combined competition emerged immediately. De Graafschap, Amsterdam, Alkmaar and Fortuna '54 from the NBVB were accepted to the new league. Other clubs merged, which led to new names like Rapid J.C., Holland Sport and Roda Sport. The first (semi-)professional league was won by Willem II. [9] For the 1956–57 season, the KNVB abandoned the regional league system. The Eredivisie was founded, in which the eighteen best clubs nationwide directly played for the league title without play-offs. The inaugural members of the Eredivisie in 1956 were Ajax, BVC, BVV, DOS, EVV, Elinkwijk, SC Enschede, Feijenoord, Fortuna '54, GVAV, MVV, NAC, NOAD, PSV, Rapid J.C., Sparta, VVV '03 and Willem II. [10] Ajax was the first team to claim the title that season. [10]

Current teams (2021–22)

Club
CityCapacityPosition
in 2020–21
1st season
in Eredivisie
No. of seasons
in Eredivisie
1st season of
current spell
No. of seasons
of current spell
Eredivisie titlesNational titlesLast title
Ajax ab Amsterdam 54,9901st1956–57661956–576626352021
AZ Alkmaar 17,2503rd1968–69441998–9924222009
Cambuur Leeuwarden 10,500promoted*1992–9382021–22100-
Feyenoord ab Rotterdam 51,1375th1956–57661956–576610152017
Fortuna Sittard Sittard 12,50011th1968–69232018–19400-
Go Ahead Eagles Deventer 10,000promoted*1963–64322021–221041933
FC Groningen Groningen 22,5797th1971–72432000–012200-
SC Heerenveen Heerenveen 27,22412th1990–91301993–942900-
Heracles Almelo Almelo 12,0809th1962–63222005–0617021941
NEC Nijmegen 12,500promoted*1967–68412021–22100-
PSV ab Eindhoven 36,5002nd1956–57661956–576621242018
RKC Waalwijk Waalwijk 7,50815th1988–89262019–20300-
Sparta Rotterdam a Rotterdam 11,0268th1956–57562019–203161959
FC Twente c Enschede 30,20510th1956–57632019–203112010
FC Utrecht bd Utrecht 23,7506th1970–71521970–715200-
Vitesse Arnhem 21,2484th1971–72371989–903300-
Willem II a Tilburg 14,50014th1956–57452014–158031955
PEC Zwolle Zwolle 14,00013th1978–79222012–131000-

* Cambuur finished first and Go Ahead Eagles finished second in the 2020-21 Eerste Divisie. NEC finished 7th and defeated NAC Breda in the playoff final.

a Founding member of the Eredivisie
b Never been relegated from the Eredivisie
c Founding member of the Eredivisie (as Sportclub Enschede)
d Founding member of the Eredivisie (as VV DOS and USV Elinkwijk)

Maps

Champions

ClubWinnerRunner-upWinning years
Ajax 35
23 1917–18, 1918–19, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1933–34, 1936–37, 1938–39, 1946–47, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2018–19, 2020–21
PSV Eindhoven 24
14 1928–29, 1934–35, 1950–51, 1962–63, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18
Feyenoord 15
21 1923–24, 1927–28, 1935–36, 1937–38, 1939–40, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1964–65, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1983–84, 1992–93, 1998–99, 2016–17
HVV Den Haag 10
1 1890–91, 1895–96, 1899–1900, 1900–01, 1901–02, 1902–03, 1904–05, 1906–07, 1909–10, 1913–14
Sparta Rotterdam 6 1908–09, 1910–11, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1914–15, 1958–59
RAP 53 1891–92, 1893–94, 1896–97, 1897–98, 1898–99
Go Ahead Eagles 45 1916–17, 1921–22, 1929–30, 1932–33
Koninklijke HFC 33 1889–90, 1892–93, 1894–95
Willem II 31 1915–16, 1951–52, 1954–55
HBS Craeyenhout 3 1903–04, 1905–06, 1924–25
AZ 23 1980–81, 2008–09
Heracles Almelo 21 1926–27, 1940–41
ADO Den Haag 2 1941–42, 1942–43
RCH 2 1922–23, 1952–53
NAC Breda 14 1920–21
FC Twente 13 2009–10
DWS 13 1963–64
Roda JC Kerkrade*12 1955–56
Be Quick 12 1919–20
FC Eindhoven 12 1953–54
SC Enschede 11 1925–26
DOS 11 1957–58
FC Den Bosch 11 1947–48
De Volewijckers 1 1943–44
HFC Haarlem 1 1945–46
Limburgia 1 1949–50
SVV 1 1948–49
Quick Den Haag 1 1907–08
VV Concordia 1 1888–89

* As Rapid JC.

Playoffs

European competition

PositionPlayoffQualification to
1st  Champions League Group Stage
2nd  Champions League 3rd qualifying round of the League Path.
3rd/4th  Conference League 3rd qualifying round
4th–7th/5th–8thEuropa League4th vs 7th and 5th vs 6th or 5th vs 8th and 6th vs 7th; the two winners play each other to qualify for:
Europa Conference League 2nd qualifying round
KNVB Cup winners Europa League Play-off Round (Group stage if the Europa Conference League winners have already qualified for the UCL through their domestic league)

Relegation

PositionPlayoffWhat happens next
16thNacompetitieOne Eredivisie team play the semi finals against an Eerste Divisie team. Who wins will compete in the poule final for a place in the Eredivisie.
17th-18thDirect relegation to the Eerste Divisie

Attendance

2018–19 Attendance
ClubAttendance
Ajax 52,987
Feyenoord 42,065
PSV 34,071
FC Utrecht 18,846
SC Heerenveen 18,743
NAC Breda 18,262
FC Groningen 18,025
Vitesse 15,422
AZ 15,027
PEC Zwolle 13,478
Willem II 12,998
ADO Den Haag 12,561
De Graafschap 12,321
Heracles Almelo 10,993
Fortuna Sittard 9,100
FC Emmen 8,238
VVV Venlo 6,828
Excelsior 4,223
Average18,010

Since the beginning of the league, there have been three clubs with an attendance much higher than the others: Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord. Clubs like Heerenveen, FC Utrecht and FC Groningen also have fairly large fanbases. The regular season average league attendance was just over 7,000 in 1990, but this figure has risen sharply over the years thanks to the opening of new stadiums and the expansion of existing ones nationwide. Average attendance for the 2018–19 season was 18,010, with Ajax having the largest (52,987) and Excelsior having the smallest (4,223). Ajax's figures however differ from those provided by the Johan Cruyff Arena since the club counts all tickets sold instead of the number of people going through the turnstiles.

All-time ranking (since 1956)

Last updated following the 2017–18 season
Playing in the Eredivisie
Playing in the Eerste Divisie
Playing in the amateur leagues
Club has been disestablished or merged into another club
RankClubSeasonsPlayedWonDrawnLostPointsAvg.
Points
Goals
for
Goals
against
Goal
difference
1. Ajax 622092138537932545342,1752672135+3132
2. PSV 622092127244837242642,0448142208+2606
3. Feyenoord 622092118848442040481,9344652399+2066
4. FC Twente 52176477147551827881,5828062247+559
5. Sparta Rotterdam 53176461949866923551,3226762801-125
6. FC Utrecht 48163260341961022281,3723252454-129
7. AZ 40136058133944020821,5322661874+392
8. Roda JC Kerkrade 44149656339154220801,3922602208+52
9. NAC Breda 49165452443269820041,2122102738-528
10. ADO Den Haag 44148048937861318451,2521142423-309
11. FC Groningen 39132645136950617221,3018862057-171
12. Willem II 42142143032666416161,1419692536-567
13. Vitesse 33112243131837316111,4416871554+133
14. N.E.C. 40136037938259915191,1215652132-567
15. MVV Maastricht 36120835035650214061,1615271992-465
16. sc Heerenveen 2688436322229913111,4814821356+126
17. Go Ahead Eagles 31104232526844912431,1913991701-302
18. RKC Waalwijk 237822401973459171,1710141269-255
19. FC Volendam 258422282153998991,079941513-519
20. VVV-Venlo 217141961893297771,099211304-383
21. Fortuna Sittard 196461791932747301,137561005-249
22. HFC Haarlem 186121721782626941,13695978-283
23. PEC Zwolle 186121691692746761,107811067-286
24. Heracles Almelo 185961781402786741,137991105-306
25. Excelsior 217141591803756570,927841320-536
26. De Graafschap 206801491703616170,917351298-563
27. DOS 144601681091836131,33790848-58
28. AFC DWS 134301471171665581,30588644-56
29. Fortuna '54 12392141991525221,33635700-65
30. Telstar 144681181402104941,06530754-224
31. GVAV 133921231151544841,23533595-62
32. FC Den Bosch 124421141232054651,05491756-265
33. SC Enschede 929412177964401,50565490+75
34. Rapid JC 62047347842661,30307350-43
35. USV Elinkwijk 723465501192451,05306483-177
36. FC Amsterdam 62046156872391,17263321-58
37. Blauw-Wit 61966542892371,21334401-67
38. SC Cambuur 723849641252110,89258437-179
39. Holland Sport 41363734651451,07168279-111
40. FC Dordrecht 620431461271390,68208463-255
41. RBC Roosendaal 517035261091310,77164358-194
42. NOAD 41363330731290,95187311-124
43. Sittardia 41323229711250,95148256-108
44. Xerxes/DHC 268261725951,409295-3
45. EVV 3102232554940,92107209-102
46. BVC Amsterdam 268202028801,18103130-27
47. BVV 268181040640,94126172-46
48. SC Veendam 268122333590,8774127-53
49. FC Wageningen 268131837570,8472137-65
50. De Volewijckers 264151039550,8699189-90
51. Helmond Sport 268121838540,7993162-69
52. SVV 268131342520,7662142-80
53. Alkmaar '54 13461216300,883961-22

Player records

Appearances

RankNameGamesPlaying positionFirst matchLast match
1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Pim Doesburg 687 Goalkeeper 1962–63 1986–87
2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Jongbloed 684Goalkeeper 1959–60 1985–86
3 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Piet Schrijvers 576Goalkeeper 1963–64 1984–85

Goals

Last updated following the 2019–20 season [11]
RankNameGoalsGamesGoals per gamePlaying positionFirst goalLast goal
1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Willy van der Kuijlen 3115450.57 Forward 1964–65 1981–82
2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud Geels 2663920.68Forward 1964–65 1983–84
3 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Johan Cruijff 2163090.70Forward 1964–65 1983–84
4 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Kees Kist 2123720.60Forward 1972–73 1983–84
5 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tonny van der Linden 208--Forward 1956–57 1966–67

Top scorers

Last updated following the 2020–21 season. [11]
SeasonTop Scorer(s)GoalsClub(s)
1956–57 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Coen Dillen 43 PSV
1957–58 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Leo Canjels 32 NAC
1958–59 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Leo Canjels 34 NAC
1959–60 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Henk Groot [12] 37 Ajax
1960–61 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Henk Groot 41 Ajax
1961–62 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dick Tol 27 FC Volendam
1962–63 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Pierre Kerkhofs 22 PSV
1963–64 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Frans Geurtsen 28 DWS
1964–65 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Frans Geurtsen 23 DWS
1965–66 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Willy van der Kuijlen
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Piet Kruiver
23 PSV
Feyenoord
1966–67 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Johan Cruijff 33 Ajax
1967–68 Flag of Sweden.svg Ove Kindvall 28 Feyenoord
1968–69 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dick van Dijk
Flag of Sweden.svg Ove Kindvall
30 FC Twente
Feyenoord
1969–70 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Willy van der Kuijlen 26 PSV
1970–71 Flag of Sweden.svg Ove Kindvall 24 Feyenoord
1971–72 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Johan Cruijff 25 Ajax
1972–73 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Cas Janssens
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Willy Brokamp
18 NEC
MVV
1973–74 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Willy van der Kuijlen 27 PSV
1974–75 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud Geels 30 Ajax
1975–76 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud Geels 29 Ajax
1976–77 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud Geels 34 Ajax
1977–78 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud Geels 30 Ajax
1978–79 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Kees Kist 34 AZ'67
1979–80 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Kees Kist 27 AZ'67
1980–81 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud Geels 22 Sparta
1981–82 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Wim Kieft 32 Ajax
1982–83 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Peter Houtman 30 Feyenoord
1983–84 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco van Basten 28 Ajax
1984–85 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco van Basten 22 Ajax
1985–86 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco van Basten 37 Ajax
1986–87 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco van Basten 31 Ajax
1987–88 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Wim Kieft 29 PSV
1988–89 Flag of Brazil.svg Romário 19 PSV
1989–90 Flag of Brazil.svg Romário 23 PSV
1990–91 Flag of Brazil.svg Romário [13]
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp [13]
25 PSV
Ajax
1991–92 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp [14] 24 Ajax
1992–93 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp [15] 26 Ajax
1993–94 Flag of Finland.svg Jari Litmanen 26 Ajax
1994–95 Flag of Brazil.svg Ronaldo 30 PSV
1995–96 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Luc Nilis 21 PSV
1996–97 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Luc Nilis 21 PSV
1997–98 Flag of Greece.svg Nikos Machlas 34 Vitesse
1998–99 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud van Nistelrooy 31 PSV
1999–2000 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud van Nistelrooy 29 PSV
2000–01 Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Mateja Kežman 24 PSV
2001–02 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Pierre van Hooijdonk 24 Feyenoord
2002–03 Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Mateja Kežman 35 PSV
2003–04 Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Mateja Kežman 31 PSV
2004–05 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dirk Kuyt 29 Feyenoord
2005–06 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 33 SC Heerenveen/Ajax
2006–07 Flag of Brazil.svg Afonso Alves 34 SC Heerenveen
2007–08 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 33 Ajax
2008–09 Flag of Morocco.svg Mounir El Hamdaoui 23 AZ
2009–10 Flag of Uruguay.svg Luis Suárez 35 Ajax
2010–11 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Björn Vleminckx 23 NEC
2011–12 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Bas Dost 32 SC Heerenveen
2012–13 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Wilfried Bony 31 Vitesse
2013–14 Flag of Iceland.svg Alfreð Finnbogason 29 SC Heerenveen
2014–15 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Memphis Depay 22 PSV
2015–16 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Vincent Janssen 27 AZ
2016–17 Flag of Denmark.svg Nicolai Jørgensen 21 Feyenoord
2017–18 Flag of Iran.svg Alireza Jahanbakhsh 21 AZ
2018–19 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Luuk de Jong
Flag of Serbia.svg Dušan Tadić
28 PSV
Ajax
2019–20 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Steven Berghuis
Flag of Nigeria.svg Cyriel Dessers
15 Feyenoord
Heracles Almelo
2020–21 Flag of Greece.svg Giorgos Giakoumakis 26 VVV-Venlo

Media coverage

CountryNetworkDetails
Netherlands ESPN; NOS ESPN airs all matches live and the NOS broadcasts match summaries on the open channels NPO 1 and 3
AzerbaijanCBC SportLive Eredivisie matches
Belgium Play Sports
VOOSport World
Two matches per week, since 2015
Indian subcontinent Dream11 and Eurosport Two–three matches per week on Eurosport and FanCode
Italy DAZN [16]
Albania DigitAlb / SuperSport Two matches per week and highlights
Poland Polsat Sport
Polsat Sport Extra
Polsat Sport News
2–5 matches (1–4 live) every week and highlights, since the 2002–03 season.
Turkey Tivibu Live Eredivisie matches
Russia Telekanal Futbol Live matches every week, two or three times
Balkans Sport Klub Live matches every week, two or three times
Portugal Sport TV Two or three live matches every week
Slovakia Arena Sport Two or three live matches every week
Austria, Germany Sportdigital.tv, DAZN Up to three matches per week, and highlights (mostly Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord matches)
South Korea tvN Live PSV matches
United Kingdom and Ireland Premier Sports Live Eredivisie matches
United States ESPN+ Three live matches every week
Norway Viasat Fotball One match live on Sunday 11.30 CET
Lithuania Sport1 Up to two matches per week and highlights
Bulgaria Max Sport Two or three live matches every week
Sub-Saharan Africa ESPN Three live matches every week, sometimes four
Latin America ESPN Two matches every week are broadcast live, one only on ESPN Play (WatchESPN in Brazil).
Indonesia Mola TV Up to four matches per week live and on demand, from 2020 to 2021. [17]
Timor Leste
Malaysia Astro SuperSport Up to three live matches every week.
Philippines Tap DMV Up to three live matches every week.
Singapore Singtel TV Up to three live matches every week.
MENA Abu Dhabi Sports Up to three live matches every week.
VietnamVTVCab, HTV1990-2002, HTV broadcasting all matches.

2019-present, Up to three live matches every week.

Eredivisie teams and major UEFA and FIFA competitions

The following sixteen international tournaments were won by Eredivisie teams:

The UEFA Super Cup was founded by a Dutch reporter named Anton Witkamp and Ajax's 1973 win was the first time the tournament was contested officially.

The following 24 European finals took place at Dutch venues, or are scheduled to take place at them:

Sponsorship names for seasons

See also

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The 2006–07 Eredivisie season began on August 18, 2006. The season saw PSV Eindhoven quickly building a gap with the other teams. After 20 matches, the club was 11 points ahead of AZ and 12 points ahead of Ajax. The lead quickly dissipated in the 13 matches that followed. A draw of PSV at FC Utrecht in the penultimate round saw AZ and Ajax catching up. The three clubs were all on 72 points from 33 matches, with the AZ on top due to goal difference. Ajax were second, PSV were third. AZ suffered a shock defeat at league minnows Excelsior Rotterdam in the final round, playing with 10 men after 15 minutes in the game. Ajax won 0–2 at Willem II, and PSV beat Vitesse 5–1. PSV and Ajax both finished on 75 points, but PSV finished first due to a better goal difference to end one of the most exciting and closest title races in many years.

The 2006–07 KNVB Cup was the 89th edition of the tournament. The competition started on 26 August 2006 and the final was held on 6 May 2007 at the Feyenoord Stadion in Rotterdam. The match between defending Cup winners Ajax and 3-time winners AZ finished 1–1 after regular time and after extra time. Ajax went on to win 8–7 on penalties and received the cup for the seventeenth time.

The history of Feyenoord, a Dutch football club formed in 1908, is among the longest and most successful in Dutch football. The club won their first national championship in 1924 and over nearly a century have won thirty major trophies. Feyenoord is based in the city of Rotterdam.

The 2005–06 KNVB Cup was the 88th edition of the premier knockout tournament in the Netherlands. The tournament started on 2 August 2005 and the final was held on 7 May 2006. Ajax beat PSV 2–1 in the final, winning the trophy for the sixteenth time.

The 2007–08 KNVB Cup was the 90th edition of the premier knockout tournament in the Netherlands. The competition started on 25 August 2007 and the final was held on 27 April 2008 at the Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam. Feyenoord defeated Roda JC 2–0 in the final, taking home the cup for the eleventh time.

The 2008–09 KNVB Cup was the 91st season of the Dutch national football knockout tournament. The defending champions were Feyenoord. The competition started on 30 August 2008 and ended with sc Heerenveen winning the Final in Rotterdam on 17 May 2009.

The 87th edition of the KNVB Cup started on 7 August 2004. The final was played on 29 May 2005. PSV beat Willem II 4–0, winning the trophy for the eighth time.

The 80th edition of the KNVB Cup started on August 12, 1997. The final was played on May 17, 1998 and saw Ajax beat PSV 5–0 and won the cup for the thirteenth time. A total of 60 clubs participated.

The 2009–10 KNVB Cup was the 92nd season of the Dutch national football knockout tournament. The competition began on 29 August 2009 with the matches of Round 1 and culminated with a double-leg Final on 25 April and 6 May 2010 respectively. Ajax won the final with a 6–1 on aggregate, winning their record 18th title.

The 2010–11 KNVB Cup was the 93rd season of the Dutch national football knockout tournament. The competition began on 18 August 2010 with the matches of Round 1 and ended with the final on 8 May 2011. AFC Ajax were the defending champions. The winners of the competition qualify for the play-off round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. FC Twente claimed the cup after a 3–2 edge win over Ajax Amsterdam.

The 2011–12 KNVB Cup was the 94th season of the Dutch national football knockout tournament. The competition began on 24 August 2011 with the matches of Round 1 and ended with the final on 8 April 2012. FC Twente were the defending champions having won the cup the previous season. The winner PSV Eindhoven qualifies for the play-off round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.

The 2012–13 KNVB Cup was the 95th season of the Dutch national football knockout tournament. The competition began on 21 August 2012 with the matches of Round 1 and ended with the final on 9 May 2013.

The 2013–14 KNVB Cup was the 96th season of the Dutch national football knockout tournament. The competition began on 28 August 2013 in the first round and concluded with the final on 20 April 2014.

The 2019–20 Eredivisie was the 64th season of the Dutch football league Eredivisie since its establishment in 1955. The season began on 2 August 2019 and was suspended on 12 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Netherlands. The season was abandoned on 24 April and declared void the following day.

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